After losing on an earlier card, he returned to the store and jokingly complained to the cashier about why she didn't sell him a winning ticket, and bought another. After his win he returned again and gave her $2,000.
Instead of claiming the full $10m, which came in twenty annual payments of $500,000, he opted to take an immediate lump sum of $6million, which after taxes came to $4,159,101.
He said at the time he planned to use the winnings to pay off bills, as well as investing in his wife's instructional design business.
It is unclear if Hill is still married.
Despite his massive windfall just three years ago, Hill told a judge on Tuesday he was unable to afford an attorney, and was assigned a court-appointed lawyer — meaning taxpayers are footing the bill for his defense.
A family friend of the victim told WECT: "She was very loved and she's very beautiful... I don't know what the situation was, but you had no business being in the hotel with her."
"It scares me because it's in my circle that someone knows her and I don't know him, but it's in my circle that people know him. And that's what frightens me."